It’s Personal-Cloud Week! SkyDrive Reduces Free Storage and Adds Desktop Apps; Dropbox Does Links.
Ahead of the expected release of Google Drive this week, competitors are revising their personal-cloud products.
Notably, Microsoft’s SkyDrive is actually lowering the amount of storage it gives away for free, to seven gigabytes from 25GB. Microsoft also added desktop clients for Windows and Mac (both in preview release today), and updated its Windows Phone and iOS apps.
The storage limit change is kind of odd, because that used to be SkyDrive’s standout feature. (Box and SugarSync offer 5GB for free, while Dropbox offers 2GB free.)
But perhaps most of those free 25 gigs were just in people’s minds. In a blog post today, Microsoft said 99.94 percent of SkyDrive customers use 7GB or less, and existing users can opt in to keeping their 25 free gigs.
Beyond that, SkyDrive users can now pay for relatively cheap yearly storage plans: 20 more gigabytes for $10 per year; 50GB for $25; and 100GB for $50.
Also today, Dropbox added a Web-viewing tool for files so users can send links to non-Dropbox users. And later this week, Dropbox is hosting a grand opening of its new San Francisco office with tech-appearance-happy S.F. Mayor Ed Lee.